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   There is a woman currently living in Chernobyl's toxic wasteland happily munching on a fist-sized hunk of raw pig fat. "Today I command the parade"

10 Nov 2012 08:41 AM   |   13649 clicks   |   Telegraph
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Colostomy     
Great Article, please green this!

10 Nov 2012 02:24 AM
Eat More Possum    [TotalFark]  
Excellent read. Excellent

10 Nov 2012 03:31 AM
marcpen    [TotalFark]  
Real journalism for once. Bravo. Deserves sharing.

10 Nov 2012 06:34 AM
God-is-a-Taco     
We can hope for a mutation where Russian women don't melt as they age.

10 Nov 2012 08:47 AM
Mawson of the Antarctic     
I loved this bit from the article:

Nadejda Tislenko, 71. When this widow met up with the reporter and photographer she immediately called a neighbour, saying, 'Hurry, quick, come over. There's interesting people here, and they're not missionaries!'

10 Nov 2012 08:51 AM
ManifestDestiny     

Mawson of the Antarctic: I loved this bit from the article:

Nadejda Tislenko, 71. When this widow met up with the reporter and photographer she immediately called a neighbour, saying, 'Hurry, quick, come over. There's interesting people here, and they're not missionaries!'


I laughed so hard when I read that. I could all too easily imagine my great-grandmother in the place of the woman in the picture. Three generations hence, I'm the tallest female so far and I'm still only 5'3" on a good day.

Keep on trucking, little babushkas!

10 Nov 2012 08:56 AM
publikenemy     
These are some strong women. Talk about boot-strappy..we can sure use some of these people with self-reliant attitudes like this in America.

10 Nov 2012 08:57 AM
hasty ambush     

publikenemy: These are some strong women. Talk about boot-strappy..we can sure use some of these people with self-reliant attitudes like this in America.


You sound like a racist sexist, homophobe and tax payer.

10 Nov 2012 09:02 AM
A Terrible Human     
'I only think of the good things in life,' she tells me, rolling on to the balls of her feet. 'Come back tomorrow,' she says, holding up a chunk of thick pig fat. 'We're going to party.'

I wanna party with the old ladies living in Chernobyl. :3

10 Nov 2012 09:02 AM
HotIgneous Intruder     
Years of isolation have created people who can only speak in metaphors.
I fly like a falcon above the parade, which I lead.

Shaka, when the walls fell.

10 Nov 2012 09:02 AM
Gen. Chicken's Tso     
TLC reality series in 3....2....1....

10 Nov 2012 09:03 AM
HotIgneous Intruder     
In this month's issue: The Hot Girls of Chernobyl

10 Nov 2012 09:05 AM
Amishrabbit     
Mrs. Putin?

10 Nov 2012 09:09 AM
bingo the psych-o     

publikenemy: These are some strong women. Talk about boot-strappy..we can sure use some of these people with self-reliant attitudes like this in America.


If by "self-reliant" you mean "casual disregard for radiation and no common sense" then they may be just what the GOP is looking for. America however, not so much.

10 Nov 2012 09:09 AM
publikenemy     

hasty ambush: publikenemy: These are some strong women. Talk about boot-strappy..we can sure use some of these people with self-reliant attitudes like this in America.

You sound like a racist sexist, homophobe and tax payer.



Wow LULZ...you sound angry. Wasn't aware my short statement could light a fuse like that....lay off the coffee?

10 Nov 2012 09:10 AM
mekkab     

HotIgneous Intruder: Years of isolation have created people who can only speak in metaphors.
I fly like a falcon above the parade, which I lead.

Shaka, when the walls fell.


Na'mean?!

"Your soul will fly away, and we'll wrap your guts around the telephone wire."'

WHO TALKS LIKE THAT?!


/LOUD WORDS!
//darmok and jallad at tenegra

10 Nov 2012 09:13 AM
publikenemy     

bingo the psych-o: publikenemy: These are some strong women. Talk about boot-strappy..we can sure use some of these people with self-reliant attitudes like this in America.

If by "self-reliant" you mean "casual disregard for radiation and no common sense" then they may be just what the GOP is looking for. America however, not so much.


No, I mean strong. I guess it was wrong to tout the benefits of being strong and self reliant? Jeez everyone is always looking for a fight around here

10 Nov 2012 09:14 AM
Rascuache     
Great article. I really enjoyed reading this with my morning coffee. Fascinating points about the psychological fall out left in the wake of Chernobyl's meltdown. No one seems to be talking about this sort of thing.

10 Nov 2012 09:14 AM
LewDux     
FUKOOOOOV!!!

10 Nov 2012 09:17 AM
elffster     
Was it this chick?


shehulk.jpg


hey, use your imagination, im lazy.....kiss off.....*runs off cryin*

10 Nov 2012 09:24 AM
Erinvaries     
And just think... In 30 years we will be seeing this all over again. Thank you Fukushima!

10 Nov 2012 09:26 AM
ModernLuddite     
The comments section is gold:

"Rod Adams
Today 04:32 AM
This article is full of unjustified assumptions and conflicting observations. If the women are healthy and the wildlife is teeming, just how "toxic" can the land be?"

THE DUMBEST MAN IN THE WORLD, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN!

10 Nov 2012 09:29 AM
sid2112     
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Approves

10 Nov 2012 09:34 AM
KawaiiNot     
Read this yesterday. Great article!

10 Nov 2012 09:34 AM
bhcompy     
Is she a stalker?

10 Nov 2012 09:35 AM
SundaesChild    [TotalFark]  
The part about the woman who was nearly eaten as an infant troubled me. Could you pick one of your own children to die so you could feed the rest of them? And imagine saying to one of the survivors, "When you were a baby we were going to kill and eat you but we decided we would sacrifice your little brother instead."

10 Nov 2012 09:36 AM
EdNortonsTwin     
Next time i feel my life is difficult i'll remind myself what the woman has endured, and how she kept her spirit. Geezuz

10 Nov 2012 09:42 AM
Amos Quito     
Wow, what lives these women have lived - surviving Stalin's genocidal Holodomor, rapacious Nazi invasion, the Commies, and Chernobyl?

Wow.

And where are the men? Apparently radiation is unkind to those with testicles.


Rascuache: Fascinating points about the psychological fall out left in the wake of Chernobyl's meltdown. No one seems to be talking about this sort of thing.



Indeed. Perhaps there is a greater lesson to be learned from the comparative fates.

/Psychological impacts are underrated
//I need to rethink the way I think
///I think

10 Nov 2012 09:45 AM
Gunther     

ModernLuddite: THE DUMBEST MAN IN THE WORLD, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN!


He's kinda got a point, though. If the people who stayed really did outlive the people who were re-located, surely that suggests that it can't be that bad there?

Mind you, I'm not about to chance it.

10 Nov 2012 09:47 AM
Day_Old_Dutchie     
Eastern European lady
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is strong like bull.

10 Nov 2012 09:47 AM
swamp_of_dumb     
Not seen by the reporter:

After she left, the babushka's cabin got up on its chicken legs and danced a little jig.

I fly like a falcon

Only in your mortar, Baba Yaga.

10 Nov 2012 09:48 AM
oeneus    [TotalFark]  
I visited Chernobyl last month. We had two geiger counters with us. We saw several of these babushkas while we were there. It's not a "wasteland". The village of Chernobyl itself has normal radiation levels and we had lunch there. In fact, the only place radiation levels were elevated at all were within site of the reactor and even those levels weren't dangerous. According to the security engineer that was with us (he was owner of one of the geiger counters and part of our group and not associated with the Chernobyl site) we didn't reach levels above what is allowed for an x-ray tech all day. It's not really dangerous there anymore. By the way, our guide for the day also lived in Chernobyl but he was one of the official residents allowed by the government rather than a squatter like those in the article.

This is the pic I took of the reactor. Tourism is a growing industry at Chernobyl.

oeneus.farkpics.comView Full Size

10 Nov 2012 09:50 AM
HotIgneous Intruder     

Amos Quito: Indeed. Perhaps there is a greater lesson to be learned from the comparative fates.

/Psychological impacts are underrated
//I need to rethink the way I think
///I think


Not exactly.
Russian history is a study in post-traumatic stress and its repercussions.

10 Nov 2012 09:50 AM
KrispyKritter     
the cocoon around the reactor supposedly had a 25 year useful life. happy 25th last year. and there it sits. put a nice tall cement wall around Chernobyl and let prison lifers live out their last there. it won't take long and it's less cruel than tiny concrete & steel bar cages.

10 Nov 2012 09:52 AM
Amos Quito     

SundaesChild: The part about the woman who was nearly eaten as an infant troubled me. Could you pick one of your own children to die so you could feed the rest of them? And imagine saying to one of the survivors, "When you were a baby we were going to kill and eat you but we decided we would sacrifice your little brother instead."



Of all the vicious, cruel, genocidal episodes in history, Holodomor stands out as being exceptionally horrifying - to me, at least.

10 Nov 2012 09:52 AM
HotIgneous Intruder     

publikenemy: No, I mean strong. I guess it was wrong to tout the benefits of being strong and self reliant? Jeez everyone is always looking for a fight around here


Living like ignorant animals in dirty shacks and killing transient wildlife is hardly an admirable lifestyle. But I expect there will be those who turn it into an admirable fetish.
It's called living in abject poverty and just surviving, not being strong and resilient.

10 Nov 2012 09:55 AM
Amos Quito     

HotIgneous Intruder: Amos Quito: Indeed. Perhaps there is a greater lesson to be learned from the comparative fates.

/Psychological impacts are underrated
//I need to rethink the way I think
///I think

Not exactly.
Russian history is a study in post-traumatic stress and its repercussions.



Very true.

10 Nov 2012 09:55 AM
Shadowtag     

10 Nov 2012 10:01 AM
toraque    [TotalFark]  

mekkab: HotIgneous Intruder: Years of isolation have created people who can only speak in metaphors.
I fly like a falcon above the parade, which I lead.

Shaka, when the walls fell.

Na'mean?!

"Your soul will fly away, and we'll wrap your guts around the telephone wire."'

WHO TALKS LIKE THAT?!


FTA:

Hanna, who as an infant was nearly eaten by her family

Cannibals and really pissed off telephone repairmen?

10 Nov 2012 10:36 AM
Satanic_Hamster     

oeneus: I visited Chernobyl last month. We had two geiger counters with us. We saw several of these babushkas while we were there. It's not a "wasteland". The village of Chernobyl itself has normal radiation levels and we had lunch there. In fact, the only place radiation levels were elevated at all were within site of the reactor and even those levels weren't dangerous. According to the security engineer that was with us (he was owner of one of the geiger counters and part of our group and not associated with the Chernobyl site) we didn't reach levels above what is allowed for an x-ray tech all day. It's not really dangerous there anymore. By the way, our guide for the day also lived in Chernobyl but he was one of the official residents allowed by the government rather than a squatter like those in the article.

This is the pic I took of the reactor. Tourism is a growing industry at Chernobyl.

[oeneus.farkpics.com image 448x298]


I took some pictures from my trip to Chernobyl last month as well:
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10 Nov 2012 10:41 AM
FormlessOne     

publikenemy: bingo the psych-o: publikenemy: These are some strong women. Talk about boot-strappy..we can sure use some of these people with self-reliant attitudes like this in America.

If by "self-reliant" you mean "casual disregard for radiation and no common sense" then they may be just what the GOP is looking for. America however, not so much.

No, I mean strong. I guess it was wrong to tout the benefits of being strong and self reliant? Jeez everyone is always looking for a fight around here


No, you said "boot-strappy," the teabagger dogwhistle. We know what you meant, and it's silly.

The best part of your quote is that we have quite a few folks like this here in America already. You just don't like them, what with their need for social supports, their obstructionist ways when it comes time for the rich to take their land, and the appalling frequency with which they keel over due to pollution, sickness, and other environmental issues.

The Appalachians are full of folks like this, trying to survive amidst decades of air, soil, and water pollution. Go chat them up, and tell them how "boot-strappy" you think they are, and see how amusing you find that dogwhistle then.

10 Nov 2012 10:45 AM
A Terrible Human     

Amos Quito: Of all the vicious, cruel, genocidal episodes in history, Holodomor stands out as being exceptionally horrifying - to me, at least.


Yeah it definitely stands out as one of the more horrifying genocides in history.

10 Nov 2012 10:46 AM
meowcarrot     
Mmm, mmm!
Salo. These ladies know how to do it right.


/Ukrainian.

10 Nov 2012 11:00 AM
themasterdebater     

HotIgneous Intruder: In this month's issue: The Gamma Hot Girls of Chernobyl


FTFY

10 Nov 2012 11:15 AM
Clemkadidlefark     
Wolves Eat Dogs, Martin Cruz Smith

Amazon Linkiness

10 Nov 2012 11:19 AM
relcec     
Get out of here, Stalker!

10 Nov 2012 11:20 AM
colimar     
Great article
Link

10 Nov 2012 11:26 AM
rpl     

mekkab: HotIgneous Intruder: Years of isolation have created people who can only speak in metaphors.
I fly like a falcon above the parade, which I lead.

Shaka, when the walls fell.

Na'mean?!

"Your soul will fly away, and we'll wrap your guts around the telephone wire."'

WHO TALKS LIKE THAT?!


/LOUD WORDS!
//darmok and jallad at tenegra


Russians do. We're a very poetic people and we have an incredibly rich language, full of metaphors and symbolism that we use to its fullest. Usually, to convey threats of great bodily harm.

10 Nov 2012 11:38 AM
LewDux     

HotIgneous Intruder: Amos Quito: Indeed. Perhaps there is a greater lesson to be learned from the comparative fates.

/Psychological impacts are underrated
//I need to rethink the way I think
///I think

Not exactly.
Russian history is a study in post-traumatic stress and its repercussions.


Russians are sufferiingest people in history and they will suffer again unless they let Ivan the Terrible/Nicholas II/Lenin/Stalin/Brezhnev/Putin/Next Good Czar do what they want to do save them

10 Nov 2012 11:39 AM
publikenemy     

FormlessOne: publikenemy: bingo the psych-o: publikenemy: These are some strong women. Talk about boot-strappy..we can sure use some of these people with self-reliant attitudes like this in America.

If by "self-reliant" you mean "casual disregard for radiation and no common sense" then they may be just what the GOP is looking for. America however, not so much.

No, I mean strong. I guess it was wrong to tout the benefits of being strong and self reliant? Jeez everyone is always looking for a fight around here

No, you said "boot-strappy," the teabagger dogwhistle. We know what you meant, and it's silly.

The best part of your quote is that we have quite a few folks like this here in America already. You just don't like them, what with their need for social supports, their obstructionist ways when it comes time for the rich to take their land, and the appalling frequency with which they keel over due to pollution, sickness, and other environmental issues.

The Appalachians are full of folks like this, trying to survive amidst decades of air, soil, and water pollution. Go chat them up, and tell them how "boot-strappy" you think they are, and see how amusing you find that dogwhistle then.


Ya, shove the strawman up your ass. It is NOT what I mean, but as always on Fark, people want to fight. If WW2 were to happen in our lifetime, do you really believe that young men aged 18 and up would put away their video war games and sign up in droves to fight in a real war? To die for their country? You know dam well it wouldnt happen.

We are weak..we are ripe for the picking. We are lazy and entitled. You will never change my mind on that fact...so now go call me names, since actual dialogue always escapes people on Fark when they feel an actual truth seeping into their closed mindset. Names and insults to someone you don't even know. Someone who I guarantee is more charitable than you'll ever be. Someone who actually HELPS homeless people, rather than telling others how they should...and someone who pays thousands and thousands in taxes every year, yet I still find it rewarding to help out at the soup kitchen.

But go ahead and be miserable and pick fights if that's what gets you off

10 Nov 2012 11:44 AM
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